Current graduate students pursuing their Ph.D. include:
Christopher Austin is a 4th year I/O Psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver. His research attempts to integrate two commonly separate areas of I/O research, utilizing topics from both the diversity and occupational health and safety sub-disciplines. His current research centers on threats to occupational health and safety among vulnerable populations (primarily focusing on minority workers). Furthermore, his research also focuses on how the maintenance of a stigmatized identity (i.e. concealable, visibly dynamic, and fully visible stigmas) influences perceptions of and reactions to economic stress and job insecurity (i.e. threatening worker’s health and safety).
Lindsey M. Lavaysse is a 4th year graduate student of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Washington State University Vancouver. Her research focuses on threats to occupational health and safety among vulnerable populations (e.g. pregnant, minority, contingent workers). She is also interested in outcomes of economic stress such as job insecurity, as well as how stereotypes and prejudice jeopardize workers’ health and safety. Her applied work focuses on executive coaching. Specifically, her work includes 360° feedback reports, creation of board of directors talent profiles and succession planning.
Sean Rice is a 4th year Experimental Psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver. His research focuses on applying advanced statistical techniques to evaluate measurement equivalence across cultural contexts, over time, and other sub-groups. His interests also include applying psychometrics to positive psychological research, such as assessing the various scales, measurement models, and structural pathways of well-being.
Erica Bettac is a 2nd year Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver. Her research interests encompass the occupational health-related areas of stress management, work/life and work/family balance, and job satisfaction and engagement. Specifically, she is interested in the interaction between these constructs and cross-cultural research, particularly focusing upon countries with differing health care systems and working cultures..
Melissa R. Jenkins is a 2nd year Experimental Psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver. With a focus on Industrial/Organizational Psychology, her research interests include examining the outcomes associated with employee perceptions of inclusion in the workplace. She is also interested in the impact of occupational and economic stressors, such as skill-based underemployment or supervisor support, on worker’s health and safety.
Graduates of my research lab have gone on to become successful academicians, scientists and practitioners. Below lists their first position upon graduation.
|Student||Year of Graduation||Position|
|Nicole Nelson||2001, Ph.D.||Researcher, Federal Aviation Administration|
|Jeremiah Brown||2007, M.S.||Recruitment Consultant, Legacy Health Systems|
|Maja Graso||2011, Ph.D.||Assistant Professor, Zayed University (Dubai)|
|Wendi Benson||2013, Ph.D.||Assistant Professor, Nevada State College|
|Lixin Jiang||2013, Ph.D.||Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh|
|Jesse Byrd||2016, M.S.||Occupational Health Research Psychologist, Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP), WA State Department of Labor and Industries|
|Nicholas J. Gailey||2016, M.S.||In Memoriam 1983-2018|
|Jason Potwora||2017, Ph.D.||People Analytics, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories|